Matthew McConaughey Goes ‘Tribal’ in Shirtless Throwback Image

by Jon D. B.

Matthew McConaughey just gave fans the ultimate Throwback Thursday with this shirtless shot from his Reign of Fire days.

Remember Reign of Fire? This Outsider does. Dragons make everything better – especially if your cast is anchored by a pre-superstar Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey. Yet we’re here to give the fans what they want, and the fans want McConaughey shirtless. Behold:

“Tiny planet,” the Oscar-winner captions his throwback with a single hashtag for his Green Lights book. He knows the main event is the photo, so there’s no reason to even put text. Who’s going to read it? Are you reading this right now with shirtless Matthew McConaughey mere pixels below? How could you?

As one would expect, the Instagram comments are pouring in, too. Some see a “Tribal Daddy” (best not to ask too many questions there). Others see a “Techno Viking” or that guy that “Takes mushrooms in Joshua Tree ONCE.”

Others are simply screaming “MCCONAUGHEY ITS TOO EARLY FOR DIS,” like Emily J., who may have broken her phone.

And then there is Matthew McConaughey fan Rhonda D., who leaves a truly pleasant response with: “Your book was amazing. I listened to it on audible, and to hear you narrate your own story made it all the better. Finished it in one day at work (I’m a trucker – concrete mixer driver).”

For your sake, we hope McConaughey reads that comment, Rhonda. Another fan asks “Was this when you shaved your head for Reign of Fire?” to which we answer: Yes. Probably.

But then follower Kim J. brings the real fire with “Run for governor please.” We’re assuming Kim is a Texan – one of the millions who want to see the Oscar-winner as their next Gov.

Texas’ First Shirtless Governor? Matthew McConaughey Wants to ‘Redefine’ Politics

McConaughey himself is absolutely warming up to the idea, too. He recently appeared on the “Set it Straight: Myths and Legends” podcast with country stars Midland. Within, the actor gave his most detailed answer on a political career so far:

“Look, it’s going to be in some capacity. I’m more of a folk-singing, philosopher, poet-statesman than I am per-se definitive politician, so I go, ‘Well that’s a reason not to,’ and then I go, ‘No, that’s exactly why you should, because politics needs redefinition,’” he tells Midland. “I have to remain a storyteller. I’ve been given that gift. I love doing it. I have to remain an artist.”

In the end, Matthew McConaughey wants to remain Matthew McConaughey – or what’s the point? Changing yourself to “become” a politician, he says, is the wrong way to go about it.

“I’ve got to continue to be an artist,” he reiterates. “If that’s the category to continue to be able to do that in, which would be different than I think some people have done it up to now, maybe it’s for me. But maybe it’s also in a whole new category that I’m just creating.”

McConaughey knows it is up to the voters, too. But on that front (via polls) – his prospects are looking strong.